The Death of Vishnu
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At the opening of this masterful debut novel, Vishnu, the resident odd-job man, lies dying on the apartment building staircase he inhabits, while his neighbors, the Pathaks and the Asranis, argue over who will pay for an ambulance. As the action spirals up through the floors of the building, the dramas of the residents' lives unfold: Mr. Jalal's obsessive search for higher meaning; Vinod Taneja's longing for the wife he has lost; the comic elopement of Kavita Asrani, who fancies herself the heroine of a Hindi movie.
Suffused with Hindu mythology, this story of one apartment building becomes a metaphor for the social and religious division of contemporary India, and Vishnu's ascent of the staircase parallels the sour progress through the various stages of existence. As Vishnu closes in on the riddle of his own mortality, he begins to wonder whether he might not be the god Vishnu, guardian not only of the fate of the building and its occupants, but of the entire universe.
I'm very intrigued by this description. Plus, the book came highly recommended by petaloka! Manil Suri is a new
author for me.
This was fantastic. It gave me chills at some points, especially the last page. I really loved it!
Mailed on Monday (March 10) to Isabelopes in Portugal. The Post Office said it should arrive in 4-5 days. I know you are looking forward to reading this book so I hope you enjoy it!
I received this book some days ago but forgot to make JE right away. I apologize!
I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for sharing
Sent today to Pell in Canino - Italy
Thanks for sharing.
Thankyou Isabellopes, arrived safe and sound today with 2 other books so will try to read it asap , looking forward to reading it.
I found this book quite moving, and beautifully written, will be looking for more of his novels
Sorry I havent journalled but have had probs with computer, but book has been posted on to the next person
Arrived safely this morning.
Journal Entry 11
on Friday, August 15, 2008
Very dark and funny in places and strangely moving in others. Lovely writing.
Came in the mail today, thanks!
Nicely written, absolutely fantastic imagery - very moving in places. Dark, but beautiful. I especially loved the whole section about mangoes. However, I had a problem with a lot of the characters. They just didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. It certainly made it more realistic, but as a result the book lost a lot of hold with me. A worthwhile read though, thanks for sharing! I have pammykn's address and will send the book off soon.
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-- Mail, post, or by hand, Alabama USA on Friday, September 05, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (9/5/2008 UTC) at -- Mail, post, or by hand, Alabama USA
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Sent off to pammykn this afternoon.
Thanks looking forward to reading (have a few other rings to get to before starting this one).
Sorry for holding on to this one for so long. I have contacted the next person on the list & will mail off as soon as possible. I will finish up another time, I did like what I read & thanks so much for sharing this book w/ me.
11/17/08 sending off to ealasaidmae.
I stayed up late tonight to finish this book and really enjoyed it! I also had a problem with some of the characters. There were places where I really wanted to slap them around. The story itself, and all of the lush imagery, were lovely. I'll put this out in the mail tomorrow, time-traveler. Thank you for the opportunity to read it!
It's here with me now. Thanks for participating in the ring!
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Bizarre Fiction Bookbox, Book Box -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 31, 2009
Released 10 yrs ago (7/31/2009 UTC) at Bizarre Fiction Bookbox, Book Box -- Controlled Releases
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Picked from the bizzare bookbox. I have been curious to read this for a while.
Journal Entry 23
Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A very interesting story, I like how the author slowly introduces one character after another and tells each's story. It's like a tapestry of many colors and he focuses on one after another area to illuminate. Beautifully and vividly written, and totally engrossing. I hope it ends well for all the characters.
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Brunch Club & Supper (OBCZ) in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong City Hong Kong on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Released 5 yrs ago (5/3/2014 UTC) at Brunch Club & Supper (OBCZ) in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong City Hong Kong
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